Imported Folio

Whose Party Is It?

story by ELAINE WEISTOCK I find it odd that while we live in an especially polarized society, we also are experiencing a time when traditional Democrat-Republican political alignments are blurred. Historically the left, or those who considered themselves to be Democrats, were advocates of the federal government as regulator-in-chief, ensuring health, safety and civil rights for all. In general, Democratic politicians and voters wanted “hands-on” government.  On the right, or self-defined Republicans, were advocates of states’ rights, unencumbered economic ventures, deregulation, free trade and balanced budgets. In general, Republicans wanted “hands-off” government. These historical left-right blocs no longer exist.  Democrats …

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Fake News

story by SHELTON HULL If you’re anything like me (and dear God, I hope you’re not), you probably have a bunch of browser tabs lying open on your computer as we speak. You probably know it’s too many tabs, you’ve probably heard folks say as much while looking over your shoulder for whatever reason, and your response is likely something along the lines of, “Yes, I know. Go away,” because you do know, and you have always known. Are you ever going to do anything about that? No, of course not. What a silly question. Speaking of silly questions, several …

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Four-Legged Gratitude

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND As I sit on my blanket and think about my life this year, I realize I have much to be thankful for. Where should I begin? Well first, since Thanksgiving is around the corner, I am glad I am a dog and not a turkey! In all seriousness, there will always be more blessings than I have paws, and I find new reasons to give thanks each day. Here are a few things I am particularly thankful for.   SQUIRRELS There’s nothing like getting in touch with your primal instincts, am I right? Chasing squirrels …

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On the Record(s)

story by SHELTON HULL The late, great Paten Locke used to sell t-shirts that read, “I Grew Up on Tapes,” but that’s a whole other story. Locke was also notorious for owning one of the most mind-blowing collections of vinyl records living eyes have ever seen, and his role in spreading the gospel of vinyl to his dozens of disciples in and around Northeast Florida cannot be overstated. He would be pleased to see that his vision won out in the end, with records seeing unprecedented growth, both in sales and in sellers. Herein is a cursory glance at the …

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Twisted Sisters

WICKED 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27; 1:30 & 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29; 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30; 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, Times-Union Center, 300 Water St., Downtown, fscjartistseries.org, $53.15-199.15 Times-Union Center300 Water St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map story by JENNIFER MELVILLE She’s wickedly smart, fiery and self-possessed. She stands up for the oppressed, cares passionately for animals, and puts others’ needs before her own. The world should be hers for the taking. But Elphaba was born different—and, to her peers, different means evil. This begs the question: Are people born wicked, or is wickedness thrust …

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